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Roden: BL 8-Inch Howitzer
varanusk
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:03 PM UTC


Rick Taylor and Russ Bucy present a detailed build review of Roden''s BL 8-Inch Howitzer Mk. VI, both in firing and travelling modes.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 05:28 AM UTC
Looks like a winner and far better than the resin artillery that seems to dominate the WW1 offerings in big guns.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 08:13 AM UTC
Bill, itís a nice model when completed, but not without some ďwartsĒ which Rick and I have found out. Thanks to Model Cellar, we now have a correction set for the wheels. Rick has done an excellent job of presenting it here, and I agree, it provides an excellent option to some resin kits, at a fraction of the cost.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 03:04 PM UTC
thank you for the comprehensive review; I like the kit and if I ever finish my stockpile (ha!) I'll be interested in looking these two up.
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:27 AM UTC
Bill,

Russ had his 8-inch and Holt completed in time for the Seattle IPMS Spring Show in April where it won first place in the artillery category. So we have objective proof that it builds up very well. I am working on another WW1 artillery piece in resin now. The Roden injection molded kit is looking better by the minute.

Rick
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC
Thanks Frank. Has anyone ever built their entire stash?

Rick
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM UTC
Rick and Russ
Iím about finished with the howitzer, limber and gun platform. I donít think Iíd made it this far without your photos of the completed kit and the US Army Handbook for Artillery. The Roden instructions are a little vague in spots. It appears the kit was designed by two different individuals. Some parts are a throwback to 1960 whereas others are Tamiya quality (not enough through). I did use Paulís resin wheel set from Model Cellar which were excellent. I opted to add grain to the timbers using a microsaw blade. Have the Holt tractor in queue next. Thanks for the great write up. Charlie

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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC

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Rick and Russ
Iím about finished with the howitzer, limber and gun platform. I donít think Iíd made it this far without your photos of the completed kit and the US Army Handbook for Artillery. The Roden instructions are a little vague in spots. It appears the kit was designed by two different individuals. Some parts are a throwback to 1960 whereas others are Tamiya quality (not enough through). I did use Paulís resin wheel set from Model Cellar which were excellent. I opted to add grain to the timbers using a microsaw blade. Have the Holt tractor in queue next. Thanks for the great write up. Charlie




Charlie,
Glad you found the article useful. It appears Roden used a 1938 export Howitzer found in the Finnish War museum as an example, but there are a few differences from the WWI version (wheel tread pattern is one). There's also a small "patch box" on the Howitzer trail that was not present on the WWI version, and as Rick has mentioned, there were some "lightening holes" in the trail that have been left off. Interestingly, the box art shows a WW1 Howitzer with the Holt tractor in the background, but the carriage has much later brakes found on the British WW2 version which are not present in the kit. So you may be correct in your interpretation of how the kit was designed-- I suspect they looked at several Howitzers, and perhaps plan to release later versions. A combination Holt Tractor/BL Howitzer kit has already been announced by Roden. For the Holt Tractor, I'd direct you to the article on that, as Michael Koenig has added several great photos and details of his build of the tractor.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 01:13 PM UTC
Charlie,

Sorry for the delayed response. I was on vacation with poor to no internet connectivity. I'm glad you found the review useful. I hadn't considered two designers for the kit. There is definitely something unusual with the mix of finely detailed good fitting parts and others that are really vague and fit very poorly. I'm just glad that they did produced the kit. All of my other WW1 artillery kits are resin. Hopefully Roden will release a couple more WW1 artillery pieces.

Rick
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 04:37 AM UTC

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Charlie,

Sorry for the delayed response. I was on vacation with poor to no internet connectivity. I'm glad you found the review useful. I hadn't considered two designers for the kit. There is definitely something unusual with the mix of finely detailed good fitting parts and others that are really vague and fit very poorly. I'm just glad that they did produced the kit. All of my other WW1 artillery kits are resin. Hopefully Roden will release a couple more WW1 artillery pieces.

Rick



Rick & Charlie,
It could be that Roden uses more than one designer for their kits, but having built a number of Roden's 1/32 and 1/144 aircraft kits (and their Rolls Royce Armored Car), I'd say this kit and the Holt tractor are pretty typical of Roden's manufacturing technique. Their kits seem to be a mixture nice engineering and poor fit, along with nice details along with crude molding. I think it's just them, and the shortcuts they take in getting a kit produced. That said, I like most of Roden's releases, because they tackle subjects that other manufacturers don't. To my recollection, no other manufacturer has released a mainstream injection molded Allied WWI Artillery piece in 1/35 scale (although they definitely fell down on their research on the 8" Howitzer). The same goes for many of their aircraft subjects. Let's hope they release more WWI ground subjects.
VR, Russ